​​​​The Electric Market in Houston

​​​CenterPoint Energy is a regulated poles and wires utility​​​​

Retail Electric Providers (REPs) (or Competitive Retailers - CRs) compete to sell electricity to homes and businesses in Texas since January 2002.

CenterPoint Energy no longer sells electricity. Now we deliver electricity to over 2 million customers on behalf of the REPs/CRs.

Builders and developers can request Electric Service Identifiers (ESI IDs) from CenterPoint Energy as well as installation, relocation or disconnection of electric meters. However, requests for electric service must be made with a certified Retail Electric Provider or Competitive Retailer.

Visit the Public Utility Commission of Texas' Electric Choice web site​ for more information.